Literacy project turns into lessons about global community, generosity

Posted: Thursday, September 04, 2003

"When children have the opportunity to read, especially in English, they have the greatest tool for self-advancement. We have no idea whether any of these children will grow up to be a great scientist who will cure AIDS or a great leader of the nation. But we do know that without books, it will be impossible. Even if they do not become great leaders or scientists, literacy research shows that the more people of any age read, the more they think about having a healthier home, or growing better crops, or standing up for their rights. Their lives become better. And through books, they can travel to other cultures and countries. This is very important in Madina, where 'world citizenship' is taught from a very early age."

Dr. Craig Volker Oct. 23, 2002

Thank you Kenai Peninsula teachers, students, neighbors and local businesses. Over the past 10 months, we collected early reader books from school children all over the peninsula. With the help of the entire peninsula, we were able to collect 1,155 early reader children's books for Madina Village Elementary School in Papua New Guinea as part of our 4-H literacy project.

And with generous donations from local school children, residents and businesses, we now have enough money for postage to send the books to Madina Village.

On the surface, this project was about promoting literacy in Madina Village, but at a deeper level it was really about realizing we are a global family and community.

A special heart felt thank you to the Peninsula Clarion, FedEx, North Star Elementary, Nikiski Elementary, West Homer Elementary, Sterling Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Seward Elementary, Kenai Middle School, Kasilof Mercantile, Nancy Veal, Funky Farmer's 4-H Club, Tesoro, Stan and Donnis Thompson, Katie Bethune, Fleur and Owen Boyle, Caroline Venuti, Lori Krier, Katie Vesel, Sandy and Kathy at Sterling Elementary, Monica and Alice Heath, Brian Bailey, Matt Boyle, Tom and Jenny Martin, Holly and David Boyle, Karen Calderwood, Denise and Lindy Cox, Geri Bringham, and Tahra and Tiffani Cerutti.

Again, many many thanks to everyone who helped us with this project and to the entire peninsula for supporting world literacy.

Maluvio (which means "loving respect" in the Nalik language),

Walker Boyle, Tatiana Butler and Logan Boyle


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